Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s dog drama escalated this week after prosecutors announced the actress has been charged with smuggling the couple’s two Yorkshire terriers into Australia in May.
A report at The Guardian says that the issue escalated after Heard is reportedly charged with two counts of illegally smuggling the dogs into Australia, and another count of document falsification, according to the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions.
She was given a final warning by Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce to send the pooches back to the U.S, which the couple did arrange.
On the first charges, Heard could potentially go to an Australian prison for 10 years, and pay a $75,000.
The law, incidentally, would like Heard to appear in a Queensland court on September 7. The false document charge, which relates to information on an incoming passenger card, carries a penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine of AU $10,200. It remains to be seen if Heard will appear in court in person or if lawyers could petition the court to represent her without her physically having to be present.
Australia has strict animal quarantine laws to prevent importing infections such as Rabies.
“If we start letting movie stars – even though they’ve been the sexiest man alive twice – come into our nation [with pets], then why don’t we just break the laws for everybody?”
The government gave the Depps 72 hours to get their clearly vicious terriers back home or they would be euthanized… the dogs, not Depp and Heard. Heard would not need to face a lengthy jail term since she and Depp flew the dogs back to the United States before the 72-hour deadline ended, Potts added.
The couple brought their dogs with them to Queensland on a private jet, bypassing customs and the required 10-day quarantine for animals.
Joyce’s comments were parodied worldwide, prompted a petition to save Pistol and Boo and sparked the social media hashtag (hash)WarOnTerrier. Joyce said of Depp.
According to prosecutors, Depp, 52, was not charged over the incident, but his wife, Heard, is apparently taking the fall for the canine controversy.
“I have a feeling we’re going to avoid the land Down Under from now on, just as much as we can, thanks to certain politicians there”, she told Australia’s Channel7 News.